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Environmental statistics report released

The Environmental Statistics Compendium from the Department of Statistics (Image supplied)

Reported diseases related to environmental conditions increased by 3.9 per cent from 2018 to 2019.

This is one of many statistics included in the Environmental Statistics Compendium released today by the Department of Statistics.

Wayne Furbert, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, explained that the report is structured into 13 sections and contains brief analyses, tables and graphs for each section.

It covers the period from 2015 to 2019.

Mr Furbert said of the report: “There are more than 40 statistical tables which provide a wealth of data about Bermuda’s environmental conditions.

“This publication is an excellent tool for research, school projects and promoting awareness about issues affecting Bermuda’s environment.”

Highlights from the period 2018 to 2019 include:

• The number of reported environmentally-related diseases, such as acute bronchitis and gastroenteritis, increased by 3.9 per cent from 5,568 in 2018 to 5,786 in 2019. Respiratory diseases accounted for 5,071 (87.6 per cent) of the total reported cases in 2019.

• Total fish landings totalled 306.6 metric tonnes in 2019, an increase of 3.8 per cent from the previous year. Species such as tunas, groupers, jacks and snappers accounted for the most landed fish in 2019.

• In 2019, total electricity consumption decreased by 2.4 per cent to approximately 554 million kilowatt-hours from 568 million kilowatt-hours in 2018. Residential customers were responsible for 42.9 per cent of the total consumption of electricity in 2019.

• There were 2,620 fires reported in 2019, an increase of 24.6 per cent from last year. Most of the fires (41.3 per cent) were classified as "structural" fires which also included false alarms.

• In 2019, the amount of waste generated totalled 86,400 metric tonnes, a 7.9 per cent decrease over the 93,800 metric tonnes of waste in 2018. Household waste accounted for one third (33.3 per cent) of the total waste generated in 2019.

The report topics are: Population and Housing; Tourism; Environmental Health and Weather; Natural and Environmental Disasters; Energy, Minerals and Transport; Agriculture; Land Use; Coastal and Marine Resources; Biodiversity; Forestry; Air; Waste; and Water.

PDF copies of the 2020 Environmental Statistics Compendium are available online at: www.gov.bm/environmental-statistics-compendium and in Related Media

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Published January 28, 2021 at 12:49 pm (Updated January 28, 2021 at 3:20 pm)

Environmental statistics report released

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